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NASA sends converted military drones to track hurricanes and tropical storms

A pair of converted military drones are the US space agency’s newest tools for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms, with the aim of improving forecasters’ ability to predict them. Originally built for military reconnaissance missions around the world, they are the size of large commercial jets and are flown remotely…

Documentary ‘Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction’ is a close look at a quiet actor

Harry Dean Stanton is the subject of director Sophie Huber’s documentary.(Adopt Films) Harry Dean Stanton is a marvelous actor and, at least from a visual standpoint, a marvelous camera subject. He’s not much of a talker, though. This presents a problem…   [Image credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com]…

Pakistan’s ‘nuclear father’ Abdul Qadeer Khan dissolves political party

The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections. Khan, 77, who is revered at home as a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb, had formed his party, Tehreek-e-Tahafuz…

Sound of ‘The Clash’ saved for a new generation

They’ve never reformed, despite lucrative offers to do so, and the surviving band members swear they never will now that front man Joe Strummer is no longer around. Which just might be why, 37 years after they played their first riffs, The Clash are still adored by a global army…

Syria hails U.S.-Russia chemical weapons deal as a ‘victory’ that averts war

A US-Russian plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons is a “victory” that averts a war, a Syrian minister said Sunday, as Washington’s top diplomat briefed Israel about the landmark deal. “On one hand, it helps the Syrians emerge from the crisis and on the other it has allowed for averting…

Obama says he and Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani have swapped letters

Barack Obama has revealed an exchange of letters with Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani but warned his reluctance to strike Syria should not devalue US threats of force to thwart an Iranian nuclear bomb. The US president, in an interview aired Sunday, publicly confirmed the outreach to Rowhani for the…

Low wages –the flip-side to booming German economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel often boasts during the campaign for September 22 elections that Germany has one of Europe’s lowest jobless rates — at around 6.8 percent. But it comes at a price. As many as three million people in Europe’s top economy earn less than six euros ($7.90) per hour,…

Iraq attacks kill 39 as official escapes assassination

Attacks across Iraq, including more than a dozen car bombs, killed 39 people on Sunday while the head of Baghdad’s provincial council escaped an assassination attempt on his convoy. The violence was the latest in months of unrelenting bloodshed, the country’s worst since 2008, that has sparked concern Iraq is…

NYPD attempt to subdue ‘disturbed individual,’ shoot elderly woman with walker instead

Two bystanders were shot by New York police officers who were trying to subdue what NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly called “an emotionally disturbed man.” Just before 10 p.m. on Saturday night, officers noticed a man on foot weaving in and out of traffic near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. They…

Police shoot, kill unarmed black man seeking assistance after ‘serious’ car accident

On Saturday, police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 24-year-old man they now believe was seeking help after a being involved in a serious car accident. Police Chief Rodney Monroe described the events of the evening, which ended in one of his officers, Randall Kerrick, turning himself in…

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